Paediatric Orthotics

The Paediatric Orthotics Service for Women and Children, Greater Glasgow and Clyde is based at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow.

What is an Orthotist?

Orthotists are registered healthcare professionals who specialise in the assessment of the whole body for biomechanical problems and if appropriate may prescribe, measure, fit, or review, an orthosis.


What is an Orthosis?

An orthosis is an externally applied device. It may also be called a ‘brace’, ‘splint’ or ‘orthotic’.  The purpose and design of an orthosis may change over time along with the changing needs of the patient.  

An orthosis can:

  • Improve function
  • Reduce pain
  • Prevent deformity

The Paediatric Orthotics Department - Royal Hospital for Children

The Orthotics department is located in Clinic 12 on the ground floor of the Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow.

It is the only Orthotics department in Scotland specialising solely in Paediatrics. The core treatment area is Greater Glasgow with many other patients originating from all over Scotland through both regional and national services.

The service is delivered through the Paediatric Orthotic Service Lead and highly specialised Paediatric Orthotists supported by a team of Paediatric Orthotic Rehabilitation Technicians and a Paediatric Orthotic Assistant and a Paediatric Orthotic Administrator.

The term Orthosis comes from the Greek orthós and means to make straight. The Prescription of Orthoses may range across the entire body treating multiple conditions and syndromes including Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Erbs Palsy, Hyper mobility, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Neuromuscular and Idiopathic Scoliosis, Chest Wall Deformity, Plastic surgery, Muscular Dystrophy, CTEV and various Syndromes.

Contact Details

Clinic 12

Ground Floor

1345 Govan Road


G51 4TF

Telephone number is 0141 452 4651 (24hr answer machine available) or you can contact the Department by email [email protected].

The Orthotic Department is open from 8.30am – 4.30pm (Monday to Friday).

For more information visit their page on the Royal Hospital for Children Glasgow website.

Orthotics Referral Form

Orthotics Referral Form

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The Orthotics Referral Form (see button below) should be completed and emailed to [email protected].

All inpatient and urgent referrals will be triaged as soon as possible.  All routine referrals are triaged once a week and allocated appointments appropriately.  Provision of accurate contact details assists resolution on any queries/issues that arise in triaging.

Health staff referral to the Paediatric Orthotic Service should preferably be done through Trakcare (Click here for instructions).

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